Reports and photos of some of our earlier walks have now been archived but are available to read as Word documents - please click here to make an email request, specifying date (if known but not essential) and location.
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17th November 2018 - The River Teme, Ludlow
Photo: Carol Wood
22 people made the most of the late autumn sunshine to enjoy a short walk along the River Teme in Ludlow before climbing up into the woodland on the edge of Whitcliffe Common.
As we crossed the bridge below the castle, several keen eyed ornithologists started the bird count with a sighting of a kingfisher, quickly followed by a nuthatch foraging amongst the trees on the river bank. The ever present flush of mallards is a common site in this area and made a noisy accompaniment to the otherwise tranquil sounds of the Teme. It wasn’t long, however, before the roar of fast flowing water greeted our ears as we approached a weir and were able to observe a couple of salmon struggling against the current, trying to reach their spawning grounds further upstream. Unfortunately, the hoped-for sighting of the resident otters did not materialise.
After a quick stop for coffee, we left the river and climbed up into the woodland to search for more secretive bird species hiding in the branches. A full list of birds seen is shown below, but we all found the constantly falling leaves a great distraction, as, at first glance, they appeared to resemble flocks of small passerines. Such is the pleasure of autumn!
Lunch was taken in the Green Cafe who offered a large range of unpronounceable dishes, but, after questioning the waitress, we managed to find something that suited us. Happy days.
Kingfisher, nuthatch, woodpigeon, crow, jackdaw, sparrow, mallard, magpie, great tit, blue tit, longtailed tit, dunnock, siskin, greenfinch, moorhen, goldfinch, blackbird, lesser black backed gull, chaffinch, robin, fieldfare, goldcrest, buzzard, wren, and black headed gull.
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20th October 2018 - Colstey Wood
Photo: Chris Bateman
Nick and Linda Pyne led us on a beautiful autumn walk through largely beech woods. We enjoyed the rich colours and were convinced we had seen a brambling! A peregrine was also seen in flight.
Thank you to the leaders who are in the middle of moving house but spared the time to take us on this enjoyable walk.
Birds seen: Wood pigeon, robin, great spotted woodpecker, wren, coal tit, blue tit, nuthatch, red kite, magpie, buzzard, mallard, jay, marsh tit, raven, carrion crow, jackdaw, bullfinch, blackbird moorhen and brambling.
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15th September 2018 - Severn Valley Country Park
Photos of Bob, Pam and friend and The River Severn.: Gail Ellis.
(Suggestions for a caption for the first photo on a postcard please! No prizes.)
On the 15th September, we visited Severn Valley Country Park at Alveley near Bridgnorth. We were again lucky with the weather as it was a beautiful late summer day. Robins were singing their autumn song, with swallows and martins gathering in the sky above. Severn Valley is run by Shropshire Council’s Ed Andrews and his team of volunteers. It is ‘maturing nicely’ from a coal mining area to a riverside wildlife park with various habitats to explore. It also is situated next to Severn Valley Railway which provided great excitement for some of the members.
September is usually a quite time for birds, but Clive was first to notice the peregrine flying over, we also saw a kingfisher from the bridge over the river. Ducks were difficult to be positive about as in eclipse. We presumed they were mallards but gadwall are common on the Severn. Ron noticed the goosanders, which we expected to see. The sun brought out green veined and red admiral butterflies and common darter dragonflies. There were plenty of interesting plants for those keen on botany to study and Bob explained the different types of fish: chubb, dace and rudd in the river and carp in the pond.
There are two comfortable hides and from the second we saw a heron and a sparrowhawk. The park has a visitor centre with all facilities and also provides home cooked lunches which most of us enjoyed while overlooking the park and River.
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